THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: From close-up shots of small perching birds like the monarch flycatcher, red whiskered bulbuls and spiderhunters to majestic looking species of eagles, bird lovers in the city can view and enjoy varied photographs of different bird species. The collection of around 70 photographs have been displayed as part of a photography exhibition inaugurated today at the Alliance Francaise art gallery in the city. The series of photographs are those taken by Wayanad-based amateur nature photographer A V Abhijith.
The photographs showcased a wide and colourful variety of bird species, including the oriental dwarf kingfisher, small sunbird Shikra, blyth’s starling, white-throated ground thrush, species of eagles and hawks and rare ones like the Ceylon Frogmouth.
For Abhijith whose father was also a passionate birdwatcher as well, wildlife photography began as a hobby. The interest in nature and bird photography took a different turn during his school days, after he began noticing birds regularly coming to bath in the puddle on the way to his house at Wayanad. It is now more than a hobby and a has become a form of meditation according to the class XII passout, who hopes to spread the message of nature conservation through his efforts.
The youngster has had his wildlife photographs exhibited in Wayanad as well as in Kozhikode. He also regularly takes students on birdwatching tours as part of Forest Department camps at his hometown. The amateur photographer, who is conducting his fifth photography exhibition, adds, “The photographs displayed here have all been captured from around my hometown at Wayanad. Moreover, they are proof that to capture the amazing birdlife in nature, one doesn’t have to go to the jungle.”
For youngsters who plan to take up wildlife or nature photography, Abhijith advises thus, “Never take it just for fun. You need to have something serious which drives you forward.” Abhijith has participated in the ‘BBC Young Naturalist of the Year’ competition, and has managed to reach the final rounds twice. He hopes to try his luck again next time.